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Vivre Sa Vie (1962)

Vivre sa vie: Film en douze tableaux (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 20 September 1962 (France)
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Twelve episodic tales in the life of a Parisian woman and her slow descent into prostitution.

Director:

Jean-Luc Godard

Writers:

Marcel Sacotte (book), Jean-Luc Godard (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Karina ... Nana Kleinfrankenheim
Sady Rebbot Sady Rebbot ... Raoul (as Saddy Rebbot)
André S. Labarthe André S. Labarthe ... Paul
Guylaine Schlumberger Guylaine Schlumberger ... Yvette (as G. Schlumberger)
Gérard Hoffman Gérard Hoffman ... Le chef
Monique Messine ... Elisabeth
Paul Pavel Paul Pavel ... Journaliste
Dimitri Dineff Dimitri Dineff ... Dimitri
Peter Kassovitz Peter Kassovitz ... Jeune homme (as Peter Kassowitz)
Eric Schlumberger Eric Schlumberger ... Luigi (as E. Schlumberger)
Brice Parain Brice Parain ... Le philosophe
Henri Attal Henri Attal ... Arthur (as Henri Atal)
Gilles Quéant Gilles Quéant ... Premier client
Odile Geoffroy Odile Geoffroy ... La serveuse de café
Marcel Charton Marcel Charton ... L'agent de police
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Storyline

This film explores a Parisian woman's descent into prostitution. The movie is comprised of a series of 12 "tableaux"-- scenes which are basically unconnected episodes, each presented with a worded introduction. Written by Alan Katz <katz@panther.middlebury.edu>

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Taglines:

The many faces of a woman trying to find herself in a world of men.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

20 September 1962 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

My Life to Live See more »

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Budget:

$64,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (restored integral)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Jean Ferrat plays a cameo as a man playing his own song, 'Ma môme', on the jukebox. See more »

Quotes

Nana: Shouldn't love be the only truth?
The Philosopher: For that, love would always have to be true.
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Referenced in Contempt (1963) See more »

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Ma môme
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Written by Jean Ferrat and Pierre Frachet
Sung by Jean Ferrat
Conducted by Alain Goraguer
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It's a sad world, and Godard knew it!
26 March 2001 | by Artemis-9See all my reviews

My father had a lot of trouble to explain me what those men were doing, laying against the wall on a busy Sunday street, where there were a number of women in flashy clothes going up and down the street, looking at the men who passed by instead of doing window-shopping like me, and my father. It was 1954, in Lisbon. I came to know the men were pimps, and although I always respected the 'girls who were in the life', the pimp became my pet hate, to this day.

Does Goddard make an outstanding political speech here? I'm not sure. But now I understand why everybody was speaking of his 'Nana' in the Sixties. It's a poignant story, clear and sharp, with no tears but more like a gut punch. Particularly for the (unexpected?) ending. I disagree with those who said that the 12 scenes of the movie are 'unconnected'. They are connected! But the film should be fully appreciated on a second viewing for it, may be. These days, people are not able to cope with this much philosophy in a single film.

It's also a sad world when you discover, in 2001, that this film runs 85 minutes in the USA, 83m in Portugal, and 80m in France (it's so described in "Cinéguide" des Presses de la Cité (ed.1992). France shows the most short of the current versions of this wonderful movie about streetwalkers and pimps, about workers and profiteers; therefore, the most 'cut' or censored version - be it political or commercial censorship. France! the country that represented for me Liberty, Fraternity and Equality, when I was a 6 year-old kid opening his eyes to the beauty of chandeliers in a shop window, the beauty of girls in high-heels and knee-length skirts, and the wrongness of the half part of the world who lived without working, squeezing money of those who worked. Even if the work was - like Nana's - lending her body to other people...


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